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Over 200 prosecuted in UK under revenge-porn law

Since the law was introduced in April 2015, 206 people have been prosecuted for sharing sexual photos or videos of another person without their consent.

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More than 200 people have been prosecuted since the introduction of a new law against revenge pornography was introduced last year.

Introduced in April 2015, the law covers the sharing of private sexual photos or video of another person without their consent, with the purpose of causing distress or embarrassment. Since its introduction in England and Wales 206 people have been prosecuted under the law, a Crown Prosecution Service report shows (PDF link). On conviction, the crime carries a maximum prison sentence of two years.

After pleading guilty, one defendant who used Facebook to send intimate photos of a woman to her family and threatened to post more pictures online was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.

Although the figures suggest courts are taking action on revenge porn, the BBC reports information requests from 31 of England and Wales' 43 police forces showed 1,160 reported incidents of revenge porn between April and December last year, with no action being taken after 61 percent of reported crimes.